Alienware Calls "First!" on Killer Wireless-N 1202 from Qualcomm Atheros

It was almost a month ago to the day that Qualcomm Atheros introduced the world to its Killer Wireless-N 1202 Wi-Fi module (with Bluetooth) and Killer E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller, but the former sat in limbo since then without a launch partner. Well, it's found one in Dell, which plans to make its Alienware subsidiary the first to offer the souped up Wi-Fi module.

"Alienware continues to be the leader in performance laptops and we appreciate that its customers are used to getting the best gaming experience possible," said Mike Cubbage, director of business development, networking business unit, Qualcomm Atheros. "The Killer Wireless-N 1202 will continue the tradition of delivering a superior gaming and real-time communication experience for Alienware laptop users by providing the best in online application performance, intelligence and control to ensure that critical online applications get the bandwidth and priority they need, when they need it."

The Killer Wireless-N 1202 is a dual-band 801.11n MIMO Wi-Fi module with Bluetooth connectivity baked in for good measure. At the heart of the technology is intelligent network management that automatically classifies and prioritizes gaming, video, and audio network data for a "superior, uniterrupted online entertainment experience."

No word yet on which exact Alienware modules will get the Killer makeover or how much the upgrade will cost.